Great experience for U11’s in John Kerins Football Tournament – Glanmire Football Club
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Great experience for U11’s in John Kerins Football Tournament

The Glanmire U11 squad played in the finals of the John Kerins U11 Football Tournament in Pairc Ui Rinn last Saturday the 16thof June. They had finished top of their group in the qualifying tournament 6 weeks previously in Saint Michael’s to qualify for the finals. There was great anticipation within the squad during the build up to the tournament, as this was going to be there first opportunity as players, to play in such a renowned stadium and in such a high profile tournament. In the quarter final on Saturday morning they came up against a very strong Bishopstown team. In a very fast and flowing game the 2 teams were nip and tuck all the way in the 2 x 12 minute halves. Glanmire scored 2 great team goals through Finn O’Connor and Jack Tierney, with both Finn (2) and Billy O’Mahony (1) adding on points to make the final score and much to the delight of the boys, Glanmire 2-3 to Bishopstown 1-5. There was much elation from the boys on the final whistle, as they were extremely happy to qualify for the semi-final of the tournament.

They then went on to meet a very well organised Nemo Rangers team in the semi-final. Unfortunately the boys shooting boots deserted them on this occasion as they missed a number of gilt edged opportunities to score, when the game was in the melting pot. At half time they were losing by 1-0 to 0-1, with theGlanmire point coming from Billy O’Mahony. However, in an effort to get the vital score to get back into the game, we were exposed at the back and Nemo kicked some late points to leave the final score 1-4 to 0-1, which was not a true reflection on how close the game was.

All the boys in the squad on the day, gave outstanding displays from our 2 goalkeepers Darragh Barrett and Jack Marah, to our defenders Mark Buckley, Cullen Condon, Sam Yelverton, Rian Boyle, Matthew O’Donogue, Finin O’Donovan and Charlie O’Driscoll, to our midfielders Luke Considine, Michael Hurley, Ciaran Roche, Harry Cogan and Michael Lynch, to our forwards Jack Morley, Finn O’Connor, Mathew O’Donovan, Billy O’Mahony, George Grandon, Cillian O’Mahony, Jack Tierney, John O’Sullivan, Josh McNamara and Michael Gibson.

I am sure I speak for all the coaches and parents, when I say the boy’s done themselves very proud on the day. We must pass on our thanks to the Gardai who organised a most enjoyable and well organised tournament. They gave the boys a great experience thatwill definitely stand to them in the years ahead.

A special mention must also go to the 19 U11’s who played Bishopstown away on Saturday evening in 2 extremely competitive games that were very important in the boy’s development as footballers. It’s very heartening to see so many U11’s out playing competitive football on a Saturday in June.

Niall on behalf of the U11 coaching team

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